Welcome to the Holistic Hen - Sharing Experiences Raising Organic Chickens, Quail & Pigeons

Organically raised chickens, quail, fantail pigeons and the occasional guest poultry all living in 1000m2 of organic forest garden. The following articles attempt to look at the poultry's view of life in the backyard and to observe and share how they thrive and survive in the environment we created for them. On the occasions when I need to intervene, I do so with a holistic approach to the bird as an individual and also to infer from the situation what this tells me about the general health, happiness and dynamics of the flock. I look at stress management and show how to use nutrition and phytotherapy for both prevention and cure of various conditions. These articles are on-going, they occur either as they happen to us or because someone has asked me for help with their birds and thus to share what I have learned from the experience.


The Upside Down Cockerel/Rooster 

PART 1 - Wry Neck/Torticollis What is it & Initial Treatment  

PART 2 - Detailed Nutritional Treatment and Continued Stress Management plus film

This is a departure from my usual format, in that this was an open-ended treatment with no definite conclusion because I just had two weeks with this very courageous bird.  His ability to thrive with such a difficult condition bore witness to the amazing resilience and determination of 'chickens' in particular and made me ever more aware of why I find them fascinating. I just hope that I did him some good and I leave it for you to judge, as at the end of this two part article I enclose the film I made of the whole process...read more